Berlin pushes for implementation of Prespa Agreement by Greece, FYROM

‘Even though many people would have liked to see a higher turnout, I am pleased that the overwhelming majority of those who did make use of their democratic right voted for the agreement with Greece,’ Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said.

epa07030331 German Minister of Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas (L) accompanied by FYR of Macedonia Foreign Ministar Nikola Dimitrov (R) walk in the center of the capitol Skopje, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 18 September 2018. German Minister of Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas arrived in Skopje for a two-days official visit to FYROM. EPA/GEORGI LICOVSKI

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas expressed satisfaction over the fact that the overwhelming majority (over 90 percent) of FYROM citizens who participated in the Greece-FYROM naming agreement referendum voted yes, while noting that “many people would have liked to see a higher turnout”.

Maas called on all political forces in Greece and FYROM to implement the “historic” agreement.

The full statement issued by the German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is as follows:

“Even though many people would have liked to see a higher turnout, I am pleased that the overwhelming majority of those who did make use of their democratic right voted for the agreement with Greece. They want to see their country continue along its path towards the EU and NATO and the 27 year dispute between Macedonians and Greeks resolved. It is good that the agreement is now to be submitted to the Macedonian Parliament following the consultative referendum.”

“I call upon all political forces in Skopje and Athens to make the most of the opportunities offered by this historic consensus and to implement the agreement. It will strengthen good neighbourly relations between the two countries and foster stability in the Western Balkans. Furthermore, a crucial obstacle to EU and NATO membership has been removed.”

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